Wannabe Writers # 13 - What do you give up in order to write?

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Where I am in the writing process: I'm working on the first draft of Eyes in the Ashes and the story is progressing nicely, unfolding as I write. I deviated from the outline quite a while ago as the story evolved and went off in a direction I didn't expect.   My hero and heroine are currently trapped in some caves with the killer after he set off an explosion and he thinks they're dead.  Bwaahaahaa!!!

My Current Problem:  There are simply not enough hours in the day to write which ties in nicely with this week's question.  And realistically even if there were more hours in the day, it still wouldn't be enough.  Just the way life goes. 

Sarah's question this weekWhat do you give up in order to write?  Not a whole lot - I try to do it all and write as well.   Writing has to fit into our life, otherwise I wouldn't be able to do it.  I guess I could say television, yard work and a spotless house.   I don't watch much TV since it's such a vast wasteland these days.  I DVR  movies and shows but never seem to get around to watching them.  We have gardeners which saves me from having to weed and maintain the yard.   My slightly less than clean, cluttered house speaks for itself.  What would I give up if I had to -- sleep or  internet browsing time.  I can't give up reading otherwise I get grouchy.

If you had to give up one thing in order to write, what would it be?


  1. I get what you mean and totally agree! There are not enough hours in the day

  2. Being a stay at home mom, I end up with a lot of time. Really the only th ing I give up is housecleaning, which didn't take much motivation to give up...

    My post is up!

  3. Don't you love it when books take you someplace you weren't expecting? I wrote that I gave up television too -- But I'm with you in that I don't consider that much of a sacrifice.
    Great post!

  4. I SO agree that there isn't enough hours in a day! And you're right. Even if we were given more hours, it still wouldn't be enough. I haven't really given up much. I guess I'd say a social life (although I didn't really have one to begin with).

  5. I agree with all of this! I guess I give up sleep, I can't write when my kids are up, it's too distracting. But I probably give up house work too like Amanda :)

    There is no way I could give up reading, I'm with you on that for sure!

  6. My left arm?

    Kidding. ;D

    I'd say that I would give up public school and do school by correspondence. Actually, I WANT to do that, so it's not much of a sacrifice...

    I think we're all suffering from the not-enough-hours-in-a-day syndrome!

  7. I don't watch much television at all. Save for a few sporting events. I'm totally clueless about what's popular. On the household front, I'm seriously contemplating having someone come in when I increase my output next year. It's merely one less thing I'll have to fret about.

  8. I DVR shows too that way I like to think I don't give up anything LOL

  9. If my kids were younger, I'd be in the same boat. I am finally at a spot where they are very independent. I'll be down to teaching just one this year! :) And honestly, I don't do much teaching.


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